House of Lords Appointment Commission - Independent Member

Body: House of Lords Appointment Commission
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Culture, Media & Sport, Defence, Education, Energy, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Health and Social Care, International, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation, Science & Technology, Transport
Location: London
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, HR, Insurance, International Experience, IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial, Major Projects, Procurement, Regulation, Retail, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: A non-pensionable salary of £3,000 per annum is payable. Reasonable standard travel expenses will be payable
Time Requirements: Members are expected to commit an average of 1-2 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Prime Minister confirms appointments of Lord Chartres (Richard), Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle and Charles Moore as Independent Members of the House of Lords Appointments Commission from 1 June 2019. The appointments follow an open recruitment exercise.

Date: 31/05/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    31/05/2019 at 12:00

Campaign re-opened 21/02/2019. All timings subject to change based on changes in circumstances


Assessment Panel

  • Lord Bew Added 18/12/2018

    Panel Chair

    Chair of House of Lords Appointments Commission • Representative of Organisation

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  • Peter Lee Added 18/12/2018

    Director, Constitution Group, Cabinet Office • Departmental Official

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  • Millie Banerjee CBE Added 07/01/2019

    Independent Member

    Millie is chair of NHS Blood and Transplant, a non-executive director of East London NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the College of Policing.

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Vacancy Description

House of Lords Appointments Commission was established in 2000 to make nominations for membership of the House of Lords to the independent cross benches and is also responsible for the vetting for propriety of all nominations to the House, including candidates for party political membership.

Person Specification

We are looking for individuals with:

  • strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to form effective relationships with Parliament, Ministers, Commissioners and key stakeholders across the political spectrum;
  • an understanding of, and commitment to, the need to maintain the highest standards of public life in line with the seven principles of public life (Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership);
  • an ability to understand the workings of the House of Lords;
  • a track record of impartial assessment and sound judgement; and
  • a commitment to add to the breadth of experience and expertise in the House of Lords, and to help ensure the House fully represents diversity within our country.


Diversity of opportunity is something the Cabinet Office cares passionately about.

Applications are encouraged from all candidates regardless of ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity. We particularly welcome applications from women, those with a disability and those from a black or ethnic minority background.

We would also particularly welcome applications from those currently working in, or with experience of, the private sector, and those who have not previously held public appointments. We want to explore the widest possible pool of talent for these important appointments.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

Cabinet Office operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the minimum criteria for the role decided by the selection panel at sift. To ensure fairness, the panel will not be informed of who has applied under the GIS until they have set the minimum criteria at the start of the sift meeting. If you wish to be considered under the scheme, please complete the Guaranteed Interview Scheme Declaration on the Monitoring Form in the supporting documents and send it with your application.

How to Apply

In order for us to progress your application please submit the following completed
documentation to

  1. A Curriculum Vitae with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history
    2. An accompanying Supporting Letter (maximum 2 A4 pages) – setting out your suitability for the role and how you meet the essential and desirable skills set out in the person specification – please ensure your full name is clearly noted at the top of your letter.
    3. Monitoring Forms (these are attached as separate documents)

The responsible Minister may wish to meet the candidates who are deemed appointable by the selection panel before making recommendations to the Prime Minister, who will make the final decision.

Once we receive your application we will acknowledge receipt (by email if provided). After the closing date, we will process your application as quickly as possible and will keep you informed at key stages.

For further information about the post or the role of the Commission 

please contact the Secretary to the Commission, Alex Morrow:

by email to: 

or by post to:

Alex Morrow

House of Lords Appointments Commission

1 Horse Guards Road



For an informal discussion about the application process, please contact a member of the sponsor team by e-mail to:

or by post to:

Propriety and Ethics Team

Room 208

Cabinet Office

70 Whitehall



 If you are unable to send your application by email please address it to:

Propriety and Ethics Team

Room 208

Cabinet Office

70 Whitehall



If your application is unsuccessful and you would like feedback, please contact the sponsor team using the e-mail or postal addresses above.




Public Appointments Monitoring Forms
Guaranteed Interview Scheme (1)
Candidate Pack - Members, House of Lords Appointments Commission (HOLAC) (2)
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